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Joan Reisman-Brill answers your questions this week on an atheist who’s reluctant to engage in religious debates, and whether circumcision is wrong for humanists.
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There’s much to celebrate in the month of February! In less than a week, humanists and science advocates from around the globe will be celebrating the 204th birthday of Charles Darwin with lectures, discussion groups, and parties—all to recognize the importance of Darwin’s scientific contributions to the betterment of humanity. February is Black History Month, and each week we’ll be recognizing a famous black humanist in history and discussing the importance of diversity in the humanist movement. And while we’re certainly not happy about some of the most recent anti-women initiatives in government (such as the inevitable fight to pass the Violence Against Women Act in the House and President Obama’s special treatment of religious organizations exempt from providing contraceptive services), we can celebrate knowing that thousands of people are on our side and willing to fight for women’s equality.
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Darwin Day is less than a week away! Seven Representatives have co-sponsored H.Res. 41 to designate February 12 as Darwin Day. Contact your Representative now and ask her or him to support evolution!
Update: H.Res 41 co-sponsors include:
The AHA’s official Darwin Day event in Moscow, Idaho, in conjunction with the Palouse Coalition of Reason, will feature actress Julia Sweeney, author Valerie Tarico, and geologist Frank Brown.
This month, HNN will feature profiles of prominent black humanists and atheists in history. This week we profile the famed author and humanist Zora Neale Hurston.
AHA is proud to be a sponsor of one of four $500 scholarships to be awarded to a college-bound student in South Los Angeles. Learn more about the scholarship program, created by the nonprofit organization Black Skeptics Los Angeles.
AHA Legislative Associate Matthew Bulger criticizes the Obama Administration’s recent decision to exempt employers affiliated with religious organizations from providing contraceptive coverage.
Humanists proudly supports passage of the Violence Against Women Act and efforts to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking of women and men in the United States.
Joan Reisman-Brill answers your questions this week on secular oaths and dealing with family members’ multiple requests for charity funds.
This week’s poem is by longtime AHA member and freethought musician, Paul Heffron.
Our humanist puzzles are back! Can you solve this week’s Wordoku? Created by Dan Mason.
This week we’re featuring a hilarious new comic by Jesus and Mo!
For the second time in our history, the American Humanist Association helped introduce a bill in Congress! Today Rep. Rush Holt (NJ) introduced House Resolution 41 which calls to designate February 12, 2013 as Darwin Day and recognize the importance of evolution and science education. We’re proud to have allies like Rep. Holt in Congress, and we applaud the bill’s current co-sponsors: Rep. Eleanor Norton (DC), Rep. Ed Markey (MA), Rep. Michael Honda (CA), and Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY).
We need as many co-sponsors for this bill as possible. I strongly encourage you to contact your Representative now using the links in today’s issue of HNN and ask her or him to support H.Res. 41 and stand up for science education. Thank you for your support!
Editor, Humanist Network News